The City of Cockburn supports the development of affordable housing and affordable living objectives within the City, including Cockburn Coast. This page contains information to support developers seeking to deliver affordable housing through projects at Cockburn Coast.
The National Rental Affordability Scheme, a join initiative by the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments, commenced in 2008 to assist in responding to the shortage of affordable rental housing across Australia. Private sector and not-for-profit organisations are eligible to receive financial incentives for up to 10 years on the condition of dwellings under the scheme being rented to eligible households at a discount of at least 20% below the prevailing market rent.
The Commonwealth and State/Territory Governments have committed to providing 50,000 affordable housing opportunities through the Scheme by 30 June 2016, with 7,000 of these targeted for Western Australia by 30 June 2016.
NRAS aims to:
There are many opportunities to produce high quality affordable including:
1. Develop dwellings that meet the affordable housing requirements usually in partnership with a housing association;
2. Develop dwellings which are purpose designed for low-income target groups. For example: larger families, students, and low waged workers who have difficulty finding living an studio space;
3. Apply for a grant from the National Rental Affordability Scheme. (See below for more details).
The City of Cockburn may grant a floorspace bonus in the event that a development application includes the provision of affordable housing at the following ratio.
For further information refer to the Robb Jetty Local Structure Plan.
The City encourages developers to seek further advice about affordable housing options during pre-application meetings with Council officers and prior to submitting a development application.
For information submission requirements please contact Statutory Planning on 9411 3444.
Community housing is owned by, or managed by, registered community housing providers.
Partnerships with community housing providers offer a range of incentives including:
Community housing providers may be interested in:
For both parties there may be considerable savings from tax breaks, assured sales or long-term leases, lower holding costs and marketing costs.
A full list of registered housing providers and further information including web links to these providers can be found on the Department of Housing website.
Affordable living is used to describe the factors that influence household expenditure in addition to rent or mortgage payments. It recognises that there is more to making housing affordable than purely the cost of the dwelling. Utility and transport costs are an important consideration when determining the total cost of living in a home. Factors such as proximity to employment, public transport and essential services can affect household living expenditure and thus housing affordability. For example a low rent dwelling with high living expenses may be less affordable than a dwelling with higher rent and low utility and transport costs.
These elements are important considerations when delivering affordable housing products and ensuring they remain affordable into the future. These elements are likely to be viewed upon favourtably at the development assment stage.
The following case studies have been prepared to provide examples of how the private sector have been involved in the delivery of affordable housing projects and to detail the key details of successful affordable housing projects:
The City of Cockburn requires an accompanying Affordable Housing Report in addition to the usual development application requirements as follows:
2. Financial details: